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Regent University Commencement Information

Countdown to Commencement Livestream!

Congratulations, Class of 2022!

Regent University holds an annual commencement at the end of the spring semester. This year’s commencement will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 9:15 a.m. ET. We are preparing a wonderful program that will honor the incredible achievements of each graduate. We are so proud of our Regent graduates, and we are thrilled to celebrate the Class of 2022!

Regent Hashtag for Commencement: 

Use #RegentGrad22 and you may have your photo, tweet, and more displayed on the big screen prior to the ceremony. Search for #RegentGrad22 across social media to see what others are posting. 

Regent University’s Commissioning Services are sacred rituals where you’re invited to reflect and worship among your peers, and acknowledge your academic achievement. As you prepare to leave school and enter the world, your family members and close friends are welcome to join this cherished and significant tradition. All times will follow the Eastern Daylight Time zone for Virginia Beach, VA. Click here to view the Regent campus map.

The School of Divinity Commissioning and Walking
Thursday, May 5 | 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET
Campus Location: Communications Plaza
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The School of Communication & the Arts Commissioning and Walking
Thursday, May 5 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET
Campus Location: Shaw Chapel
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The School of Education Commissioning and Walking
Thursday, May 5 | 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET
Campus Location: Communications Plaza
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The College of Health & Behavioral Sciences* Commissioning and Walking
Thursday, May 5 | 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM ET
Campus Location: Library Plaza
*This includes the School of Psychology & Counseling, College of Health & Sciences (now the School of Allied Health), and the School of Nursing.
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The School of Law Commissioning and Walking
Friday, May 6 | 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET
Campus Location: Library Plaza
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The Robertson School of Government Commissioning and Walking
Friday, May 6 | 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET
Campus Location: Shaw Chapel
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The School of Business & Leadership Commissioning and Walking
Friday, May 6 | 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM ET
Campus Location: Communications Plaza
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The College of Arts & Sciences Commissioning and Walking
Friday, May 6 | 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM ET
Campus Location: Library Plaza
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The Commencement keynote address will be delivered by Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin.

Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin will be the keynote speaker for Regent’s 42nd commencement ceremony on May 7, 2022. Gov. Youngkin was inaugurated as the 74th Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia on January 15, 2022. He grew up in Richmond and Virginia Beach. From his first job washing dishes at a diner in Virginia Beach, he embraced hard work and responsibility to help his family when his father lost his job. His determination to succeed earned him multiple high school basketball honors and an athletic scholarship to college.

After earning an engineering degree at Rice University and his MBA at Harvard Business School, Gov. Youngkin and his wife Suzanne moved to Northern Virginia. He landed a job at The Carlyle Group, where he spent the next 25 years. Working his way to the top of the company, Gov. Youngkin played a key role in building Carlyle into one of the leading investment firms in the world. His efforts have helped fund the retirements of teachers, police officers, firefighters and other frontline public servants and supported hundreds of thousands of American jobs. Married to Suzanne for over 27 years, Gov. Youngkin is a dedicated father of four children. Their family journey has been and continues to be guided by their faith.

Directions

We look forward to hosting you at our beautiful Regent University campus. To assist you in your travels, please follow Google Maps for general directions to campus. As you exit the interstate at Indian River Road, the instructions below will guide you to commencement parking:

From Interstate 64 (East or West)

  1. Take exit 286B from Interstate 64 at Indian River Road. The far right-hand lane immediately merges into Regent University Drive. Do NOT take this road.
  2. Continue on Indian River Road for approximately 0.3 miles. At the first stop light, on the right, is the entrance to The Founders Inn and Spa. You will stay on Indian River Road, continuing past this entrance.
  3. Continue on Indian River Road .3 miles to the second light. Turn right onto Centerville Turnpike.
  4. Continue on Centerville Turnpike approximately .3 miles to the first light. Turn right onto CBN Center Drive, where you will immediately see a guard station.
  5. Continue on CBN Center Drive a very short distance, passing the guard station on your left. At the stop sign immediately beyond the guard station, turn left into Visitor Parking (Lot “L” on the Commencement Campus Map).
  6. Additional signs and hosts will be available to guide you to your final destination.

Shuttle Buses: These will run continually from each parking lot to the library plaza from 8:30 am to approximately 1:30 pm. Please look for the color-coded shuttle sign in each parking lot, and the drivers will be happy to escort you and your guests to the public seating area.

commencement map

Note: Please plan approximately 10 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the ceremony site near the Library. Also, in your travel plans, please factor in time for significant commencement traffic as you near the Regent campus as well as long lines for parking as all vehicles will be directed to enter Regent from the Centerville Turnpike entrance.

Recommended Clothing Attire

  • Men should wear a shirt and tie but no jacket.
  • Ladies should wear dresses or a blouse with a skirt.
  • All graduates should wear comfortable shoes (flats or low wedges) as graduates will be spending a significant amount of time standing (over one hour) and walking briskly for approximately 1/2 mile.

Special note: Please be advised that men will need to remove their caps during prayer.

Graduates may not carry handbags or other personal items, banners, placards, and so forth during the ceremony. Small cameras and sunglasses are permissible. Please turn off all phones during the Commencement service.

Commencement Tickets

  • No ticketing for graduation services will be in effect for the May 2022 Commencement event. All guests are welcome to attend.

Arrival

  • Graduates and guests traveling to campus on Saturday, May 7th should plan to use the Centerville Turnpike Entrance. The Centerville Turnpike Entrance is near the Communication Building on the Commencement Campus Map
  • Graduates may arrive as early as 6:45 am to prepare for line up at the Administration Building (please refer to campus map for details).
  • All graduates will need to be at the assigned lineup location at the Administration Building no later than 8:00 am. 
  • It is recommended to be in the parking lot no later than 7:30 am. Please plan accordingly for traffic and delays.

Graduate Line Up

  • Row assignments for Commencement will be sent to each graduate by email and text no later than Friday, May 6th. 
  • Row numbers will be posted on tall signs in front of the Administration Building for reference.
  • Upon arrival, report to your faculty marshal at the front of your line (row number).
  • Graduates who have not checked in with their faculty marshal and in their assigned row by 8:30 am may be assigned to an alternate row by a staff member or faculty marshal.

Regalia

  • All graduates are required to wear the designated Oak Hall “Green Weaver” cap and gown. 
  • Graduates may not alter or decorate their regalia, including caps. 
  • During the Commencement ceremony, dual and joint degree graduates should only wear the hood of the degree with which they are sitting. 
  • University approved Latin honor stoles (undergraduate students), military cords, recognized academic honor society cords, and student government leader cords are the only additional embellishment permitted to be worn at the ceremony. These embellishments are provided to eligible students by or through Regent University. Please contact the Registrar’s Office at registrar@regent.edu for any questions regarding these approved cords.

Regalia Pick Up

  • Graduates who requested that their regalia be delivered to campus will need to pick up regalia at the Fountain View Room, Regent Ordinary, in the Student Center. 
  • Regalia distribution will be open and available during these times:

Wednesday, May 4; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fountain View Room, Regent Ordinary (Student Center)

Thursday, May 5; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fountain View Room, Regent Ordinary (Student Center)

Friday, May 6; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fountain View Room, Regent Ordinary (Student Center)

  • Photo ID will be required to collect regalia orders at the distribution center. 
  • Should you need someone other than yourself collect your regalia order from our distribution center, please email registrar@regent.edu from your Regent University email address identifying the individual who has your permission to pick up regalia. Photo ID will be required to authenticate. 
  • Regalia will also be available for pick up on Saturday, May 7th for emergency replacement of tassels and those that have not picked up their regalia earlier in the week. This regalia station will be located in the back of the Administration Building near line up.
  • For students purchasing their regalia on site, please note that only limited supplies are available. All regalia should have been pre-ordered and purchased through Oak Hall. For emergency replacements or additional purchase items, we are positioned to accept payment through cash or card. 

Restrooms and Other Notes

  • The closest restrooms to the graduate line up area are located in the Classroom Building, the Student Center, and the Administration Building.
  • Commencement programs will be distributed to graduates prior to processing.
  • Water bottles will be available to all graduates during line up.

Commencement Speaker

  • Regent University has named Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin as its 2022 Commencement keynote speaker.

Students must obtain approval to participate.

All students must have completed all requirements toward graduation prior to participating in commencement. However, due to the uniqueness of some programs and the fact that there is only one commencement yearly, Regent provides the opportunity for students who have not completed all requirements to participate in commencement, if they meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate students who have no more than three courses remaining for graduation and these courses must be completed in the summer. The coursework may include an internship or practicum experience, which can also be completed during the summer.
  • Graduate students who have no more than two courses remaining for graduation and these courses must be completed in the summer. The coursework may include an internship or practicum experience, which can also be completed during the summer.
  • Theses, dissertations and portfolios must have been successfully defended or approved before the spring cut-off date (varies by school) and all that remains are final edits.

Students approved to participate in commencement will be notified via email by March 15, 2022.

If a student’s Degree Works worksheet is 100% complete, the Registrar’s Office will conduct a detailed review. If everything is confirmed, they will post the degree and send an email notification to the student’s Regent email address. Students can also check their Genysis account for degree conferral information and view an unofficial transcript.  

Students earning a degree will have a complimentary grade record sent to their Regent university e-mail address. This is their personal record and will not be sent to anyone other than the graduate.

Important Notes:

  • Degrees cannot be posted until after the term has ended and all final grades have posted.
  • Degrees are usually posted within 4-6 weeks after all grades are received. The Registrar’s Office is aware that many students have deadlines for job applications, licensure, raises, etc. and will work to process degree paperwork as quickly as possible.
  • Diplomas and certificates are ordered from a third-party vendor twice a month and generally arrive within six weeks after the order is placed. Graduates will receive an email when the diploma and/or certificate is mailed.

Commencement Regalia

Order Regalia for this year’s commencement ceremony. Learn where to order and get details about the cost.

Purchase your academic regalia through Oak Hall at https://regent.shopoakhalli.com/purchasewizard/Welcome.

Please note that only Oak Hall regalia may be worn by graduates for on-campus related commencement activities. 

  • Deadline to ship to home: April 13, 2022
  • Deadline to ship to Regent: March 23, 2022

You are encouraged to select the ship-to-home direct option. The ship-to-Regent option may be most convenient for residential and international students.

**Orders that graduates request to be shipped to Regent University will be available to pick up on the following dates:

Wednesday, May 4; 10 am – 7 pm
Fountain View Room, Regent Ordinary (Student Center)

Thursday, May 5; 10 am – 7 pm
Fountain View Room, Regent Ordinary (Student Center)

Friday, May 6; 8 am – 5 pm
Fountain View Room, Regent Ordinary (Student Center)

Graduates are strongly encouraged to pick up regalia prior to May 7. However, regalia may also be picked up the morning of Commencement beginning at 8 am in the Fountain View Room in the Regent Ordinary (Student Center).

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Please note Oak Hall’s return policy. Candidates for graduation may return un-opened regalia within 30 days of purchase for a refund of the purchase price less shipping. All returned items must be unopened and in their original packaging. Only Oak Hall regalia may be worn by graduates for on-campus related commencement activities.

Undergraduate regalia package (robe, cap, and tassel)
$30 plus shipping, handling, and tax.

Master’s regalia package (robe, cap, hood, and tassel)
$50 plus shipping, handling, and tax.

Specialist’s regalia package (robe, cap, hood, and tassel)
$50 plus shipping, handling, and tax.

Doctoral regalia package (robe, tam, hood, and tassel)
$85.00 plus shipping, handling, and tax.

Oak Hall offers a variety of shipping options. See the Oak Hall website for details.

How to Make the Most of Your Regent – Alum Status

Good News! You have an exceptional alumni community available to help you stay connected once you graduate. Here are two ways to stay engaged with Regent Royals around the world and stay up to date with what’s happening at the university.

  1. Like our page on Facebookwww.facebook.com/regentalumni
    You’ll find regular posts about university and alumni events, alumni achievements, and more!
  2. Build your profile on the Regent Alumni Websitewww.RegentAlumni.org
    This is your one-stop hub for alumni business listings, class notes and spotlight stories, and details on your nearest alumni chapters and networks.

If you’re local, once health and safety concerns allow, we’d love for you to come to Regent events such as weekly chapels or theatre performances. Also, feel free to stop in to say hi in Administration Building Suite 128.

And right now, and any time, we welcome all of our alums to email us anytime at alumni@regent.edu or call us at 888.294.2586. We’re here for you!

Graduation Keepsakes – Herff Jones

Through our partnership with Herff Jones, you can get you graduation announcements, class rings, and other keepsakes. To order any of these items just visit colleges.herffjones.com/college/ru/.

REGENT KEEPSAKES

Get your Regent University keepsakes like a 2022 Commencement T-shirt, alumni swag, class rings, and more!

Pre-order your exclusive 2022 Commencement T-shirt, listing the names of all the graduates confirmed through the Registrar’s Office.

https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/regent/

Shirts are white, standard unisex sizing, and 100% cotton.
Cost: $30 each, plus $4.99 shipping per order.
No order limit.

T-shirt sales are sponsored by the Office of Student Activities & Leadership. Shirts for 2020 & 2021 graduates are no longer available.

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You can also pre-order flowers and Teddy bears for pick up on Commencement Day!

Any gifts ordered through the site can be picked up on Saturday, May 7 at either of the Commencement Flowers tents. Gifts do not have to be pre-ordered, but supplies will be limited on Commencement Day.

Day-of purchases are first come, first serve.

If you are not planning to join us in person for the 2022 Commencement ceremonies, you can still order a shirt to be mailed to you. That link is available here: 
https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/regenttees/

These are the same shirts as above, just available for direct mailing and will not be available for pick up at Commencement.

Hurry! Orders must be received by May 11, 2022.
Shirts will be delivered by early June.

Celebrate your accomplishment by purchasing your alumni gear and diploma frame.

Enjoy EARLY BIRD SAVINGS on Diploma frames March 15-31. Receive a 10% discount at checkout. Use PROMO CODE “earlybird”

Remember that, through the alumni partnership with Herff Jones, you can get your graduation announcements, class rings, and other keepsakes. To order any of these items just visit colleges.herffjones.com/college/ru/.


Other Commencement Resources

About to graduate and need to update your career development skills? As a Regent alumnus, you have access to coaches, premier online career assessments and job listings available through Handshake. Let us be a part of your continuing career journey! https://www.regent.edu/resources/office-of-career-and-talent-management/

Upcoming Career Workshops

The Office of Career & Talent Management will officer virtual career workshops this summer.

Update Resume & Cover Letter – How to best tailor my resume and cover letter to the position that’s open.

Mock Interviews – Learn how to interview and become more confident in your answers.

Career Assessments – Where do my career strengths fall?

Get Notices on LinkedIn – How to use LinkedIn to update my skills and get seen by hiring managers.

All the dates and times of our summer workshops will be open to register in April and listed on the Career Events section of our website: www.regent.edu/CTM. To meet with a Career & Talent Specialists, email CTM@regent.edu or make an appointment virtually via Handshake on our homepage. We would be happy to meet and work with you one-on-one.

We’re proud of your accomplishments and excited for all that is ahead for you. One of the best strategies for continued success is to commit to being a lifelong learner. Stay connected through social media, send updates to your schools and our alumni team, and, when you’re ready to explore additional certificates and degree opportunities, please reach out!

Regent.edu | regent.edu/info | 800.373.5504

Did you know that all borrowers of Federal Student Loans are required to complete Exit Counseling when you graduate? Through an online session, you will learn your load repayment schedule, obligations, and rights to deferment and/or cancellation.

To review the Exit Counseling requirement and complete your session, visit studentaid.gov.

Speak with your academic advisor regarding any additional financial aid wrap-up questions.
finaid@regent.edu | 757.352.4385

Honor cords are available for veterans and those who are currently serving in the military on active duty, in the National Guard, Reserve, or ROTC. These do not need to be ordered or purchased. Simply verify your current military status in Genisys through my.regent.edu to ensure that you receive a cord. You may pick up your honor cord in the Welcome Center between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. If you are unable to attend commencement, you may request that an honor cord be mailed to your home by sending an email with your first and last name, student ID, and mailing address to military@regent.edu. If you are both a military dependent AND a military veteran, you must note your veteran status so that you are flagged for inclusion. (A dependent-only status would not qualify for the cord.)

Questions? Email the Military Resource Center at military@regent.edu.

To the Class of 2022, we love you, we are proud of you, and we are always cheering you on!